USS Swanson (DD 443)
Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Class||Benson / Gleaves|
|Built by||Charleston Navy Yard (Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||1 Jul 1939|
|Laid down||15 Nov 1939|
|Launched||2 Nov 1940|
|Commissioned||29 May 1941|
|End service||6 Mar 1946|
Decommissioned 6 March 1946.
Commands listed for USS Swanson (DD 443)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Marvin Peirce Kingsley, USN||29 May 1941||24 Jul 1942|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Lewis Merrill Markham, Jr., USN||24 Jul 1942||1 Dec 1942|
|3||Cdr. Edward Livingston Robertson, Jr., USN||1 Dec 1942||16 May 1944|
|4||Lt.Cdr. William Kenneth Ratliff, USN||16 May 1944||19 Jul 1945|
|5||Cdr. William G Collar, USNR||19 Jul 1945||6 Mar 1946|
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Noteable events involving Swanson include:
29 Jan 1942
USS Swanson picks up 12 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Ringstad that was torpedoed and sunk on 24 January 1942, about 85 miles southeast of Cape Race in position 45°50'N, 51°04'W, by German U-boat U-333.